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Is this addison's?
Jul 6, 2008
Hi folks,
Thank you for reading this. I have been suffering for so long, and am posting on boards like these as a last resort. I am a 37 year old male, formerly very vital, and now am experiencing non-specific symptoms so severe that I feel that if they persist, I'll have to kill myself to save the wife and daughter I love so much.

As you read this, please keep the following in mind: I've been to an endocrineologist and had my thyroid x-rayed, with no abnormalities. Blood tests also showed no serious abnormalities, other than low testosterone. But the feedback I've gotten on my symptoms still points to the issue being with my thyroid or adrenals.

Today, my most prevalent symptoms are these: disorientation, brain fog, easily overwhelmed, fatigue, persistent infections, low immune function, most energetic in the evening, terrible time getting out of bed in the morning, sore throats, vomiting sensation when I exercise, social isolation, trouble concentrating, impaired vision, trouble speaking, forgetting names

I'll give you an overview of my health history. A lot of it probably does not apply, but you never know what will set something off in someone's mind:


*About 7 years ago, I had a very sudden plunge in testosterone levels. As in, one day I was totally functional sexually, and weeks later I had total ED. Tests revealed a very low testosterone level. I took creams for the issue, which worked intermittently. My levels were all over the place, and ultimately I got off the cream, as my wife and I were trying to have a child.

*About four years ago, I started having an overwhelming sensation that I was going to throw up when I exercised. When I exerted myself in any way, I would become overwhelmed with nausea. As time went on, less and less activity would make me feel this thickness in my throat, like I was going to throw up. I even went to the emergency room a couple of times.

*Around this time, I also started having trouble reading. My reading comprehension started getting really bad. At this time, what had been a steel-trap mind was overcome with brain fog. I am a writer and editor, and found it brutally hard to do my job. I also became really lethargic.

*About 3 years ago, I started feeling dizzy. I'd get "sensory overload" very quickly, very overcome with a lot of noises and stimuli all around me. I've found that when I step in and out of lighted rooms, or when things get quiet and noisy, I get overwhelmed. Also when I have to do a lot of turning and positional changes, things get weird.

*A couple of years ago, I had surgery to correct a deviated septum. I've always had bad sinuses. The septum ultimately returned to its original state, and I still suffer from it. I have difficulty sleeping through the night, and snore.

*Along with the bad sinuses has come sore throats. I recently had a sore throat that must've lasted for four months and withstood about five rounds of antibiotics. Finally, steroids got the swelling down. But when I get these sore throats, I have strong lymphatic reactions and general flu-like symptoms.

*Today, brain fog is at an all-time high. My reaction times have slowed incredibly. My thoughts have been reduced to pure survival instinct. All I think about is myself, and getting through minute to minute. My memory is totally shot, and I have terrible recall. I have become incredibly isolated and resist socializing, as when I'm in a social environment, I get confused, overstimulated, disoriented, etc. I know the tendency is to say this is mental, but I assure you, it is biological/chemical. I was a great athlete, and now can do next to nothing.

*Tests have revealed almost nothing. Blood tests, MRIs, MRAs, heart workups, etc., have all shown nothing. The only constant has been low testosterone. When I get on testosterone treatment, though, the ED goes away and levels go back to normal, but the other symptoms persist.

*One thing that I think might be revealing is that when I drink the slightest bit of alcohol, my brain is totally overcome. The same goes for caffeine or energy drinks. I'm just knocked sideways. I have taken anti-depressants and
anti-anxiety meds, and they do the same thing. I end up being debilitated, and feel like I'm looking at life through a small window.

*My symptoms are at their worst in the morning, and I have the most difficulty after getting out of the shower.

*To that end, I am very sensitive to hot and cold. I'm the first guy to feel cold in a room. Likewise, when I get warm, I also feel badly, and am more prone to that throwing-up sensation.

*When I go the doctor, my body temperature is generally very low, like around 95 or 96 degrees. My blood pressure is generally on the low side.

*Today, my most prevalent symptoms are these: disorientation, brain fog, easily overwhelmed, fatigue, persistent infections, low immune function, most energetic in the evening, terrible time getting out of bed in the morning, sore throats, vomiting sensation when I exercise, social isolation, trouble concentrating, impaired vision, trouble speaking, forgetting names.

*The only other things I might throw in are that I've had a lot of knee surgeries (around 13), and a few bouts of depression starting in my early 20s, for which I have taken anti-depressants on and off. (I hesitate to mention this, because doctors often use it as a go-to when they can't figure out what's wrong with me. I can't tell you how many times I've been told this is anxiety related. I assure you, that is not the case. The only thing making me anxious is feeling this way.)

In summary, in about three years, I have gone from being a vibrant, athletic, funny, smart guy, to basically being a collection of symptoms and a shadow of a person. I have difficulty working, and can barely socialize. I'm a far, far cry from the husband, father and provider I should be. I feel like if I can't get over this, I should just get myself out of the way so I don't hold my family back. We've spent thousands and thousands of dollars on tests and doctors (including an $8,000 MRI my insurance ended up not covering), and I don't know what to do. I'm a good guy; I only want to take care of my family. I've never done a single drug; have barely ingested alcohol. I've lived a clean, healthy life. I live in Monterey County, Calif., so there are few pollutants here, and I am a writer, so I'm not in an unhealthy work environment.

Please help me. I am really suffering. I'm at a weird point where I'd love it if someone said that I have MS, diabetes or something else, just so I'll know. But so far, nothing has come up on tests. I'm reluctant to spend a lot of money going to balance clinics, inner-ear places or anything like that, mostly because of how overwhelmed I feel when I take stimulants, and because of the brain fog I have 100 percent of the day. This makes me feel like it must be something else.

Please let me know your thoughts.





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